The Best of Cusco in 3 Days: Sacred Valley Tour + Machu Picchu Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek & Community Visit (free airport pickup & drop-off included)

USD $549.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Visit of Machu Picchu, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Passionate and experienced guides that are happy to share incredible stories with you.

 Hike only for 45 minutes instead of 3 hours to the alternative rainbow mountain.

 Don't rush from site to site like during the typical touristic tour to the Sacred Valley. Enjoy more time and better understand the culture and history of every place we visit together.

 Discover the Machu Picchu and make this world wonder a highlight of your Peruvian adventure.


The sacred valley, the Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountains are waiting for you. Get ready for 3 days packed with 3 unforgettable tours in Cusco, the city of the Incas. During the sacred valley tour, you will enjoy unique views of the sacred valley from the top of the Pisac ruins, visit its artisan handicraft market and get to know the impressive sites of Maras and Moray. Get to know the ceremonial centres and the impressive rock formations of Ollantaytambo before heading back to Cusco. Another highlight will be Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru. Enjoy a day trip to Machu Picchu that will take you back in time, getting to know everything about Pachacutec, Hiram Bingham and all the important historical events related to it. Apart from the sacred Valley and Machu Picchu you will also explore the postcard-like rainbow mountains that are hidden in the Andean mountains during this easy 1-hour hike. You will explore a hike accompanied by an alpaca to three beautiful rainbow mountains with almost no people around. You get the chance to interact with the local community members and their alpacas while learning more about their lifestyle and their unique traditions.


If you want to know more about how to get to Machu Picchu, please consider reading our blog about the different train options to Machu Picchu that we offer. 

Our recommendation is to spend the night before the Machu Picchu day tour in Aguas Calientes so that you sleep a little longer and have a more relaxed experience. Please let us know whether you would like to have your guided tour in the morning or in the afternoon.

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train with/without Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain:
 Departure time of train Return time of train
5:05 am 2:55 pm, 4:22 pm
7:00 pm (the night before from Ollantaytambo) 6:20 pm


Machu Picchu Day Tour with Vistadome Train:
 Departure time of train Return time of train
7:05 am 4:22 pm


If you want to take the Vistadome train and visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we recommend taking the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes the night before and returning with the Vistadome train.



*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days (f.e. tour 2, day off, tour 1).

  6:30 am:         Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

  7:25 am:         Pisac (WC available; market visit only on Sundays) 

10:00 am:         Visit of Moray (WC available)

11:25 am:         Visit of the Salt Mines of Maras (WC available)

  1:10 pm:         Lunch in Urubamba (WC available)

  2:30 pm:         Ollantaytambo (WC available)

  4:20 pm:         Drop-off at train station in Ollantaytambo (WC available)

  6:15 pm:         Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

If you choose the Expedition train you will be picked up at your hotel two hours before the departure time of the train, if you choose the Vistadome train you will be picked up 1 hour before departure time (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) and head to the train station where you will board the train and make your trip to to the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m).
Upon arrival at the train station, our guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It takes about 30 minutes by bus until reaching the incredible Wonder of the world "the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "the lost city of the Incas". When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will pass through the control where you receive your ticket. From this point on, the private tour will start and you will visit the main areas of the city such as the main square, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries for approximately 2.5 hours. At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu, the sun gate etc.

Photo machu picchu day tour exploor peru

Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and you have the option to eat in one of the many restaurants (not included). Afterwards, you will take the train back and arrive in Poroy or in Ollantaytambo (please arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo, please leave the station because outside our guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.


3:45-4:00 am:   Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

        5:45 am:   Breakfast with an incredible view over the valley (WC available)

        8:00 am:   Visit of the Palccoyo community and its potato museum (created in collaboration with exploor in October 2018)

        9:30 am:   Arrival al parking lot (view of the 1strainbow mountain) + Briefing (WC available)

      10:00 am:   Visit of the 2ndrainbow mountain

      10:30 am:   Visit of the 3rdrainbow mountain + break with coca tea and local snacks

      11:00 am:   Hike up to the stone forest (optional) with a spectacular view

      11:30 am:   Head back to the car (WC available)

      12:00 pm:   Interaction with locals in the community + snacks

        1:50 pm:   Lunch in local restaurant (WC available)

4:30-5:00 pm:   Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.   


  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco and transport from your hotel to the airport (only for hotels in Cusco city center)

Sacred Valley Tour: 

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide
  • Artisanal chocolate snack
  • Sacred Valley day tour
  • Lunch buffet 

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Round trip train tickets 
  • Private transfer from your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) in Cusco to the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo and back to Cusco with drop-off at your hotel
  • Professional English-speaking private guide
  • Bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (if you choose the option above)

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels/hostels/AirBnBs close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide during the Tres Rainbows hike
  • Visit of local community (donations are welcome)
  • Breakfast and lunch 
  • Artisanal chocolate snacks made by our "abuelita" (grandma) and a coca/muña tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Communication radios

 Not Included:

Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Breakfast
  • Cusco tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person)
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Meals
  • Tips
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
    • you have the option to check for recommended places here
    • or head back to Cusco and leave with the van in the morning to Ollantaytambo
Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/ 10)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco city
  • Donations to the community (you're welcome to bring unused clothes or pens, notebooks etc.) on the Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour
  • Tips for your guide


  • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Everyday from 04:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 4:00 am - 5:30 pm


  • Spend the night before the Machu Picchu day tour in Aguas Calientes so that you sleep a little longer and have a more relaxed experience. 
  • Please let us know if you are planning to take a train to Aguas Calientes after the Sacred Valley day tour.
  • Bring change in order to pay small expenses, such as for using the restroom
  • Bring your backpack, a rain cape and layers of clothes so you'll be warm
  • Take gloves, a hat, hiking shoes + an extra pair of socks with you (in case of snow) and if you want to you can bring hiking poles as well
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money 
  • Pack some snacks and coca leaves
  • Only use hand luggage for your tour to Machu Picchu, no big suitcases please (you can leave them at your hotel)

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
  • The times of the trains mentioned above are subject to availability.
  • In case you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu, please make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.
  • Minimum 2 people
  • If you buy the group tour and there are not minimum 2 people in total you have the option to:
    • postpone the date of the tour
    • receive a refund
    • pay the difference to the private tour and do the private tour

     Terms of Cancellation:

    • If you cancel minimum 5 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50% (only in case the train tickets haven't been bought yet).
    • In case the entrance tickets (Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu) are bought by us already (tickets that include Huayna Picchu: normally 2 months in advance to avoid booking problems due to the daily Huayna Picchu limit; Machu Picchu: approx. 1 week in advance during low season and 2 weeks during high season), the price of those tickets cannot be returned or claimed.

     Pickup / Drop-off:

    • Pickup from your hotel (only if your hotel is close to the city center of Cusco. In case you stay further away, meet up at the Plaza de Armas - taxi cost approx. 10-15 Soles)
    • Drop-off at Plaza de Armas or Plaza de Regocijo
    • Private tours include pickup from- and drop-off at the hotel.


    • If you want to go to Huayna Picchu (you have to make your reservation approx. 2 months before) or to Machu Picchu Mountain you will visit the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu for 2 hours with our guide before he will drop you off at the starting point of either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Also, please consider the following:
      • There are 2 schedules:
        • Entrance to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain at 8:00 am means entering Machu Picchu at 6:00 am and taking your return train at 2:00 pm.  
        • Entrance to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain at 10:00 am means entering Machu Picchu at 8:00 am and taking your return train at 4:00 pm.  
        • The entrance times have been fixed like this by the government and can't be changed.
    • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
    • Please let us know if you prefer window seats for the Vistadome train (no guarantee but we will do our best to coordinate accordingly).
    • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility.


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